Dr. Vandana Janeja

Professor and Chair,

Information Systems Department,

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


ITE 404G, 1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, MD, 21250, USA


Phone:+1 (410) 455-6238

Fax: +1 (410) 455-1073

                                         Email: vjaneja ‘at’ umbc ‘dot’ edu

























 Professional Activities








Short Biography

Vandana Janeja is Professor and Chair of the Information Systems department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).


She is also serving as an expert at NSF supporting data science activities in the CISE directorate (2018-present). She served as AAAS S&TP fellow in the Office of the Assistant Director in the Directorate of Computer Information Systems and Engineering (CISE) at NSF (2017-2018). During the fellowship, she helped with the visioning and coordination of cross directorate activities for Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea at NSF including Data Science Corps and Open Knowledge Network among others and, related activities in the CISE directorate including Cloud Access.


Her research is in the area of data science with a focus on data heterogeneity across multiple domain datasets. She has published in various refereed conferences such as ACM SIGKDD, SIAM Data Mining, IEEE ICDM, IEEE ISI and journals such as IEEE TKDE, DMKD, KAIS and IDA. Her research has been funded through federal, state and private organizations including NSF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MD State Highway Administration, CISCO. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from Rutgers University. She completed her MBA from Rutgers University and MS in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology.



News and Updates:


·        Congratulations to Dr. Mohammad Alodadi for defending his dissertation in Fall 2020 titled "Knowledge Discovery Through Linking Multiple Heterogeneous, Unstructured Data Streams: A Case of Clinical Notes Mining". Committee members: Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay, Dr. Zhiyuan Chen, Dr. Nirmalya Roy, Dr. Michael Grasso (University of Maryland, School of Medicine).


·       Congratulations to Dr. Faisal Quader for defending his dissertation in Fall 2020 titled “Anomaly Detection Across Multi Scale Temporal Data Streams For Human Behavior Modeling”

Committee members: Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay, Dr. Zhiyuan Chen, Dr. Andrea Kleinsmith, Dr. Wayne Lutters.

  • Congratulations to Mohammad Alodadi for defending his proposal (May 2019) and advancement to Candidacy (Nov 2019)

  • New NSF Grant: Undergraduate Data Science Education at Scale, Sr. Personnel.
  • Awarded the UMBC Innovation Fellowship, through the Hrabowski Innovation Fund Competition-Implementation and Research Award titled "Ethical considerations in data science curricula," 2019-2021
  • NSF funded Workshop (June 17-18) on Including Ethics in Data Science Pedagogy





  • Congratulations to Faisal Quader for defending his proposal on Behavior Analytics using On Board Diagnostics and distraction detection in Smart Cars



·       Data Science Corps workshop at the McCourt School of Public Policy, in conjunction with the Data Science for Public Policy Program, December 7 - 8, Georgetown University, Washington DC: https://mccourt.georgetown.edu/DataScienceCorp#

·       https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWlKtHBVAAANmzL.jpg


·       September 1, 2017-August 31 2018, Served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science, Technology Policy fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Director.  https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/aaasfellows/bios/janeja.jsp

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AAAS STP Fellows Class of 2017-2018



2017-2018 NSF AAAS Fellows - Photo Credit: Steven Buhneing

·       Awarded new grant from CISCO (Co-PI), 2017-2018

·       Congratulations to Dr. Ali Azari for joining CVS Health as Senior Adviser of Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics, August 2017

·       2017-Welcome to new students beginning work with me: Henanksha Sainani (MS), Abu Zaher Md. Faridee and Michael Walsh (PhD)

·       Congratulations to Prathamesh Walkikar (Dec. 2016) and Suraksha Shukla (April 2017) for successful Master’s Thesis Defense



·       Congratulations to Dr. Ali Azari for successfully defending his dissertation, Dec, 2015, Celebration Dinner (Left to Right) Mary Oke, Yanan Sun, Prathamesh Walkikar, Mohammad Aloodadi, Josephine Namayanja, Ali Azari, Vandana Janeja, Faisal Quader


·       Received new grant from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, awarded September 2015.

·       Awarded National Science Foundation Grant, June 2015

‘Integrating Cybersecurity with Undergraduate IT Programs’,



·       Josephine Namayanja, PhD, featured in class of 2015: http://www.umbc.edu/classof2015/josephine-namayanja.html


·       Congratulations to Dr. Yanan Sun (Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton) and

Dr. Josephine Namayanja (Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston):  Graduation May, 2015



·       Invited to the NSF sponsored Security Education workshop at Atlanta, GA, May 2015, https://www.gtisc.gatech.edu/

·       Celebration , May 2015,  (Left to Right) Faisal Quader, Ali Azari, Yanan Sun, Josephine Namayanja, Vandana Janeja, Akshay Grover, Jay Gholap, Mohammad Aloodadi and Anuja Kench



·       Congratulations to Josephine Namayanja and Ali Azari on advancing to PhD candidacy 11/6/2014



·       Josephine Namayanja presents her research at IEEE Big Data conference 2014,



·       Presented research paper at the ACM SIGKDD 2014 Workshop, ODD2 Outlier Detection & Description under Data Diversity at New York on August 24, 2014. 

The paper presented work with Dr. Yanan Sun on “STOUT: Spatio-Temporal Outlier detection Using Tensors”


·       Invited to the NSF/DIMACS Workshop for Aspiring PIs in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace at San Diego on June 17, 2014


·       Faisal Quader at the poster session at the Third ASE International Conference on Cyber Security at Stanford, California, May 30th 2014, Presenting our work on “Computational models to capture Human Behavior in Cybersecurity Attacks”

·       Congratulations Dr. Sun (Health Integrity) and Dr. Shi (Facebook) on their successful PhD dissertation defense (April 2014)

·       Celebrating with Yanan and Lei on their successful defense (Picture on 4/25/14, From left: Faisal, Yanan, Vandana, Lei, Ahmed (Advisor: Dr. Karabatis), Josephine, Mohammad and Ali). All work and some fun :->





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